May 1, 2013 at 7:21 AM ET
Tim McGraw and his former label, Curb Records, are at odds again. The Nashville, Tenn.-based label filed a lawsuit against the country music singer and Big Machine Records in federal court Monday, alleging copyright infringement and breach of contract.
This marks the latest development in a continuing saga of legal drama between the two. In May 2011, Curb filed a breach-of-contract state lawsuit against McGraw claiming that the artist had recorded songs for "Emotional Traffic," which was to be his final album with the label, too early prior to its delivery in a “transparent tactic to attempt to fulfill his contractual recording commitment to Curb prematurely in breach of the recording agreement,” the suit stated.
Days later, McGraw filed a countersuit seeking advanced payment and recording-fund reimbursement, as well as a jury trial.
In November 2011, a judge granted McGraw permission to record music for another label while Curb released "Emotional Traffic" on Jan. 24, 2012.
After signing with Big Machine Records in May 2012, McGraw’s latest effort -- "Two Lanes of Freedom" -- was released Feb. 5.
With its lawsuit, Curb is seeking a return of master recording, compensatory and punitive damages and an injunction against future recording or releases until its contract with McGraw has been fulfilled.